Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Esquire All Stars

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Esquire All Stars

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Metronome All Stars

Esquire All Stars

Summit Meetings, 1939-1950

Fremeaux FA 5050

Sessions: Metronome All Star Band (1939, 1940, 1941, 1945-6, 1946); Metronome All Star Leaders (1942); Metronome All Stars (1947, 1949, 1950); Coleman Hawkins with Leonard Feather's Esquire All Stars (1943); Leonard Feather's All Stars (1944); Esquire All American Award Winners (1946, 1946-7); Leonard Feather's Esquire All Americans (1946); "Chubby Jackson and his Jacksonville All Stars" (Esquire 1946-47 session). TT: 71-43; 73:29.

This fine forty-eight track collection brings together all of the Metronome and Esquire sessions through 1950, including alternate takes. The Metronome choices were those of the magazine's readers, while Esquire picks were made by panels of distinguished critics. Labels represented include Victor, Columbia, Commodore, Continental, and Capitol. Not only including excellent performances as such, the set takes the listener through the decade in which swing was joined by bop. A large share of the period's finest artists are represented, from Armstrong and Goodman to Parker and Tristano.

There were a few more Metronome sessions after these. The 1951 session on a Capitol single had a Miles Davis Birth of the Cool number on one side and an expanded version of the George Shearing Quintet on the other. …

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